The 7 Most Common Mistakes in the Quest for Excellence

-by John D'Silva,

Moral excellence and high idealism are expected qualities in any entity that would have the privilege to lead in any field of human endeavor. Due to the many advantages and benefits that leadership positions confer, many sincere persons embark on a quest for excellence in a bid to improve their lot in life. Here are seven mistaken notions that may bedevil such a quest - and how to correct them. #1 - Mistaking Excellence for Perfection While perfection is reserved for the gods, mere mortals still may strive for excellence. The difference between the two is that while what is perfect cannot be improved upon, what is excellent may yet be surpassed. For instance, 80% is excellent but 85% is even more excellent. When someone mistakes excellence for perfection then s/he easily falls prey to such failure syndromes as "analysis paralysis", "aim, aim, aim but no fire" and so on. This misconception can be remedied by a simple wholehearted resolve to do the very best that you can and then systematically fine-tune your performance on each of the known factors that contribute to your desired excellent result. #2 - Thinking that excellence is too difficult to attain I would clear up this misconception by asking a question: "Is it easier or more difficult to do something the right way or to do it the wrong way?" Of course, finding the right way to do something makes it a cinch. It becomes easier. The difficulty in the attainment of excellence is not in the effort it takes compared to mediocrity but in clearly grasping the idea or finding the right attitude or the right approach to the task in question. Once you "get the hang of it", once you have the spirit, all else follows. Once you get caught in an upward spiral of excellence there's no telling where you might go. Henry Ford, the great American industrialist, nicely summed up this fallacy when he said, "If you think you can, or if you think you can't, either way, you're right." With proper goal-setting and strategic thinking you can prove to yourself that it takes about as much effort to attain to excellence as to wallow in mediocrity. #3 - Fear The fear of failure and its attendant embarrassment or humiliation holds many back from striving for excellence. Others are as equally held back by the fear of success and the attendant responsibility to meet higher standards and higher expectations. Well, the cure for the fear of failure is to see failure as part of the learning process. Take to heart the wise words of the Chinese sage Lao Tzu "Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved. .." The only real failure is the failure to try or the failure to try again after having failed.

in whatever situation you find yourself. yet it is not wise to be content to fly low rather than soar. This may be due to the fear of humiliation if they don't succeed. Taking yourself too seriously only leads to inhibition and poor performance. You let yourself go in order to give an inspired performance. "the best is yet to come. Such false modesty can never beget genius.False modesty Some folks have a mistaken notion that it is presumptuous to openly commit to the quest for excellence. if you wait for those improved circumstances to be yours before you begin your quest for excellence ." This mistaken notion can be corrected by the realization that the quest for excellence is an "all or nothing" affair. whereas. We are what we repeatedly do. You are either a complete disciple of excellence or a full-time devotee of mediocrity. This is because as the Greek philosopher Aristotle wisely observed. ". This unlocks your creativity and lets you discover hidden talents and aspects of your personality you never dreamed you possessed. in all things or you fail to attain it at all. To overcome this misconception you must realize that where you start does not matter as much as where you end up. As you progress and grow in excellence you'll naturally attract many advantages and find yourself in improved circumstances. not when they "work" it (that can only result in a mediocre performance).they do their best when they "play" their instrument.Striving for excellence sometimes. There is no middle course here. a child-like playfulness." #4 . It is either you commit to excellence at all times. So begin anyhow. It's like the ancient riddle of the chicken and the egg .You can overcome the fear of success by exercising faith in your vast untapped potential.which came first? #7 . Your outer condition is often a reflection of your inner attainment... The way to overcome this mistake is by cultivating a sense of humor. #6 .Not letting go You cannot successfully be a creator and a critic at the same time. . While it is prudent to pursue excellence in a systematic way. Ask any virtuoso instrumentalist .because no time ever seems to be just right. in some things Excellence is not a gown that you can put on or take off whenever you like.Procrastination Waiting for the perfect time to commence your quest for excellence is a deadly selfimposed limitation that can cost you years of your life . Realize that your present attainment reflects but a tiny fraction of your possibilities. For you. is not an act but a habit. then. which lets you laugh at yourself.'ll probably wait forever. #5 .

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. It's not just in some of us.To such folks who are held back by a false sense of modesty I'll pass on the famous words of Marianne Williamson: "... Saturday.. Only as You attain certain spiritual qualities would the Universe grant you full access to your heritage of bliss.Your playing small does not serve the world. our presence automatically liberates others. Intelligence directs the universe. We are all meant to shine. July 27. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. not chance. And as we let our own light shine. as children do. we unconsciously give other people permission to do the propounds that spirituality is the ultimate approach to excellence.. John is happily devoted to helping You unleash your Spirit of Excellence. it's in everyone. As we are liberated from our own fear. 2013 ." John D'Silva's effective-spirituality.

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